Hugh Freeze has been hired as head coach at Ole Miss. He has already hired five assistants from Arkansas State: Dave Wommack, Grant Heard, Maurice Harris, Chris Kiffin, and Tom Allen. The coaching tree has put together some potential candidates to fill the coaching staff:
RUNNING BACKS COACH
Derrick Nix - Ole Miss Running Backs Coach
- Has worked on the Rebels' staff since 2008.
- Played RB at Southern Miss from 1998-2002. Dave Wommack was on the USM staff from 1994-2000.
WIDE RECEIVERS COACH
Gunter Brewer - Ole Miss Wide Receivers Coach
- Came to Ole Miss prior to the 2011 season from Oklahoma State.
- Graduate assistant at Ole Miss in 1988 and '89.
Noel Mazzone - Arizona State Offensive Coordinator
- Offensive coordinator at Ole Miss from 1994-98 and again in 2005. In '05, Hugh Freeze was the team's assistant director of football operations and QB coach Grant Heard was a GA for the Rebels. Heard also played for three years under Mazzone and went with him as a GA at North Carolina State in 2004.
OFFENSIVE LINE COACH
Chris Kapilovic - Southern Miss Offensive Line Coach
- OL coach at Alabama State from 2001-05. Maurice Harris was the RB coach at Alabama State in 2004 and '05 before coming to Ole Miss as assistant director of football operations in 2006.
Mike Markuson - Ole Miss Offensive Line Coach
- OL coach at Ole Miss since 2008.
- OL coach at Arkansas from 1998-2007, where he worked on staff with Dave Wommack for four seasons.
JB Grimes - Kansas Offensive Line Coach
- Was a graduate assistant at Arkansas with Dave Wommack in 1981 and '82.
DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH
Chris Vaughn - Ole Miss Safeties Coach
- Has coached at Ole Miss the last four seasons.
- Coached at Arkansas from 1999-2007. Dave Wommack was the Razorbacks' DB coach in 2001 and was the defensive coordinator from 2002-04.
Jay Hopson - ex-Memphis Defensive Coordinator
- Defensive coordinator at Southern Miss from 2005-07, where he worked with Wommack, who was the LB coach in '07.
- Played DB at Arkansas from 1979-82. Dave Wommack was a graduate assistant for the Razorbacks during the same time span.
Other names in consideration: Grady Brown, Southern Miss; Charles Clark, San Jose State; Kim Dameron, Cornell University.